MLS 2020 Top 15 Player Wages Have Been Revealed
The MLS returns to action on the weekend with the additions of two teams and the omission of one huge name player, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing from the top earners list.
Both Inter Miami and Nashville SC are new to the league this season, with the former joining the Eastern Conference and the in the Western Conference.
Perhaps most intriguingly is the gap left by Ibrahimovic but there's still big money to be made by playing in the MLS, as shown by new league top earner, according to Sportekz, Javier Hernandez:
1. Javier Hernandez, LA Galaxy - $7.2 million
2. Michael Bradley, Toronto FC - $6.5 million
3. Jozy Altidore, Toronto FC - $6.33 million
4. Carlos Vela, LAFC - $6.3 million
5. Alejandro Pozuelo, Toronto FC - $3.8 million
6. Josef Martinez, Atlanta United - $3.05 million
7. Sebastian Blanco, Portland Timbers - $2.85 million
8. Nani, Orlando City - $2.48 million
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9. Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers - $2.41 million
10. Gustavo Bou, New England Revolution - $2.4 million
11. Carles Gil, New England Revolution - $2.33 million
12. Yura Movsisyan, Chicago Fire - $2.27 million
=. Marco Fabian, Philadelphia Union - $2.27 million
14. Raul Ruidiaz, Seattle Sounders - $2.05 million
15. Jonathan dos Santos, LA Galaxy - $2.04 million
There is a wage structure in the MLS but it includes clubs being able to sign three players as 'Designated Players', whose wages can come from outside of the restrictions.
In their first year Inter Miami haven't signed up any big names with Rodolfo Pizarro and Matias Pellegrini joining as 'Designated players' although there is time in the transfer window in the summer to add a third.
With Zlatan having left the 'States,' to move back to Europe and joining AC Milan again, there is a big gap to be filled in the MLS.
All eyes are likely to be on Florida, Becks and his new club - whether not they have a big name player to carry them.